I’ve been planning a Papercut Rigel in my head for more than a year now. Over many months my imaginary bomber has morphed from just another potential project into the most perfect jacket ever – effortlessly complementing anything and everything I wear, casually amazing for both work and play in the best-chosen fabric in bomber history.
The longer this goes on, the more I’m frozen with indecision when it comes to actually making one. I’ve cornered myself – what’s the point of even trying when nothing I make will ever match the Rigel in my head? Plus, I’m scared of welt pockets. So while I quietly dream on, the whole of the sewing universe has made a Rigel and is happily getting on with their days, looking great. I know this because I’ve seen them all on Instagram.
My friend Kimberley is one of these happy people; this Rigel is one of her recent makes. Kimberley’s an amazing sewist with great, understated taste and a talent for neat finishes – perhaps you can see that in some of these pics? She’s also super-petite and quite shy (join the club), so when it came to finding an obliging person to pose for these photos, we needed someone small. Cue one sweet resident tween (who never wants to give the jacket back).
The fabric is a textured poly with a lovely oil-slick colour sheen from The Fabric Store. Kimberley added a lining from her stash, using two different fabrics. Smart lining tip of the day also came from The Fabric Store – choose slippery fabrics for sleeve lining, so whatever sleeves you’re wearing underneath don’t bunch up around your elbows when you put the jacket on. WHO KNEW. The Rigel pattern doesn’t come with lining but lots of people have added their own – there’s a great tutorial on how to do it at Katy and Laney.
Another small hack on this Rigel is the raised neckline – it’s raised by 13cm and the facing has been adjusted to fit. Black ribbing was hard to come by, so Kimberley used ponti instead – but reckons she would lengthen the pieces next time and widen the bottom piece – it’s not as stretchy as ribbing and a bit awkward to attach. Another tip for next time is to deepen the pocket bag a bit, if you feel like it.
One of my favourite things about Papercut Patterns (apart from the packaging and the clear instructions) is seeing the huge variety of Papercut interpretations out there in sewing blogland. While this brand definitely aims young with its styling, its appeal transcends age – there are awesome Rigels, Sigmas, Flutters and Animes out there on ladies of all ages.
The proof is in Kimberley’s Rigel – we did finally gave it back (I promise), but the pattern is now at the top of Klarissa’s tween sewing list – and she wants it ASAP. Now to find the perfect fabric…..